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Cable isn’t the kind of character that you can just drop into the middle of a story. Sure, he looks like a badass with his giant muscles, big guns, glowing eye, and bionic arm, but he also was a wickedly complex backstory that involves him being born as the mutant son of Cyclops and the clone of Jean Grey and being sent to live in the future after being infected with a deadly techno-virus. Since we learned earlier this month that Cable was confirmed for Deadpool 2, we’ve questioned how this origin would be handled in the movie… but thanks to a recent conversation with the writers/producers, we now have a much clearer idea.
While interviewing Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick earlier this week, I asked them about the complexity of Cable’s origins and how they were planning on adapting his strange and wild tale on the big screen. Agreeing that it’s a lot of material to try and bring to the big screen, they admitted that some elements will have to change – but stressed that they have no interest in dumbing down the character. As Reese explained,
I think you’re going to see a little bit of simplification, is the only way to put it, because his background and his origin is so, so complex. I think we need to be careful not to just confuse the audience with over-complexity. I think sometimes you can get away with things in comics that, because you have the long-standing readership, because they’re willing to hang in there and see different facets of a situation… you just don’t have that luxury sometimes with a film audience. I think the way we simplified Deadpool’s origin story, we’ll likely do a similar thing with Cable. It’ll just be, not Cable for Dummies, but Cable in a streamlined, efficient, simpler representation.
Following up, Paul Wernick noted that he and his writing partner basically have two rules when it comes to writing Cable’s role into Deadpool 2:
I think more than anything, it will please the fans and will also not alienate the general audience. So, those are our two kind of, our two benchmarks for when we create characters, not create characters, but put them on-screen.
As Deadpool 2 progresses and we learn more about Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick’s approach, it will be interesting to see which elements of Cable stay and which ones go. Off the bat, one can at least assume that it will just be the son of Cyclops and Jean Grey – cutting out the whole clone business – and it probably won’t be Apocalypse who infects the child with the techno-virus (as he does in the comics). Really, as long as they don’t change his incredible power set (a mix of telepathy and telekinetic skills), the identity of his father, and the classic look, fans will probably be pretty stoked to see the first live-action version of Cable.
How do you think they should simplify Cable in Deadpool 2? Who do you think should play him? Hit the comments with your thoughts!